Venice - Mestre

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Venice - Mestre
45°26.88′N, 12°15.42′E Chart icon.png
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The district of Mestre on the western side of the lagoon

While far from being the most picturesque part of the Venetian Lagoon, the district of Mestre on the mainland is a useful spot to leave a yacht for a trip home (the airport of Marco Polo is within 10 kms of most of the berths) and is more easily accessible by road than most of the other marinas and basins in the lagoon. There are also a number of boatyards in Mestre where it is possible to get most repairs and maintenance work done. There are three principal basins/yards where yachts of 13 - 20 metres can find a berth in depths of up to 4.0 metres.

Click on this link for a map of Venice Mestre yacht berths: Map of Venice Mestre

Charts

British Admiralty
220
1483
1473
Italian
924
38
221
222

Weather

During the summer months the prevailing winds in the Adriatic are light to moderate coastal seabreezes. In spring and autumn, northerly winds are more frequent and can quickly rise to near gale force, especially in the northern Adriatic, where the much-feared “bora” is caused by high pressure over the mountains to the NE coupled with low pressure over southern Italy. Fortunately, the fiercest “bora” is normally to be expected in the winter months. Thunderstorms are occasionally experienced in spring and especially autumn and can be accompanied by violent winds of gale force and above. Luckily they are rarely long-lasting. Fog is a further hazard often encountered in the lagoon of Venice, especially in the early and late season.

Sources for weather information:

  • There is a continuous (computerised voice) weather forecast on VHF 68 - first in Italian and then followed with an English translation
  • The same forecast is given in Italian and English on VHF coastal stations following a notification on channel 16
  • Navtex weather forecasts covering the Adriatic are broadcast from stations at Roma, Trieste, Kerkyra (Greece) and Split (Croatia)

Passages

List popular passages/routes, timing, etc.

Islands

There are a total of 117 small islands in the lagoon, some inhabited but many of them little more than extensive mudbanks. The principal inhabited islands are as follows:

Communication

Also see World Cruiser's Nets.

Navigation

Mestre can be approached either via the Porto di Lido or the Porto di Malamocco.

Porto di Lido World icon.png 45°25.18′N, 12°26′E. The Porto di Lido is the principal (and busiest) entrance to the lagoon, giving the most direct access to Venice and Mestre. As the deepest channel with depths of over 10 metres, it is also the one used by ferries and large commercial vessels. The ends of the N and S breakwaters are identifiable by conspicuous black and white and red and white painted structures. A fairway beacon is situated around 2.5 miles SE of the entrance, from where a course of 300 degrees brings you safely through the entrance. The safe channel is also indicated by port and starboard markers. The channel is dredged to over 10.0 metres. Entry is best around slack water, since the tides can reach 4.0 knots at springs. From the entrance, follow the channel (marked with mooring posts) through the centre of Venice via the Canale della Guidecca and then NW for further 1.5 miles to arrive at Porto Marghera, the main commercial harbour of Mestre. For directions to the various basins, see links below.

Porto di Malamocco World icon.png 45°19.9′N, 12°20.5′E The entrance of Porto di Malamocco lies half way along the long sandy spit that protects the lagoon of Venice from Chioggia as far north as the main island of Venice itself. The entrance is protected by two long breakwaters and a detached, arc-shaped breakwater immediately S of the southern breakwater. The ends of the N and S breakwaters are identifiable by conspicuous black and white and red and white painted structures. A fairway beacon is situated 2.0 miles ESE of the entrance, from where a course of 287 degrees brings you safely through the entrance. A conspicuous light beacon in the entrance, the Roccheta Tower, in line with a tower beyond, the Torre Spignon, gives you a course of 287. The safe channel is also indicated by port and starboard markers. The channel is dredged to 14.0 metres. Entry is best around slack water, since the tides can reach 4.0 knots at springs. From the entrance, follow the channel (marked with mooring posts) NW through the lagoon for around eight miles to arrive at Fusina. For directions to the various basins, see links below.

Berthing

Yachts visiting Mestre have three principal berthing options in privately owned basins capable between them of berthing a total of 420 vessels. The options are listed from S to N.

Darsena Fusina

World icon.png 45°25.32′N, 12°15.36′E
Darsena Fusina lies immediately N of the campsite of Camping Fusina in the district of the same name. Fusina is situated on the W side of the lagoon of Venice at the southern extremity of the commercial district of Mestre and two miles W of the district of La Guidecca. It offers 150 berths for small yachts up to 14 metres in maximum depths of 3.0 metres. Click on link for full details.

Darsena Nautica Venezia

World icon.png 45°25.56′N, 12°15.48′E
Darsena Nautica Venezia is a small basin, also at Fusina, which was formerly operated by the luxury yacht builders Cantieri dalla Pieta. The basin lies 400 metres N of Darsena Fusina. It has 70 berths for yachts up to 20 metres in maximum depths of 4.0 metres. Click on link for full details.

Marina di Campalto

World icon.png 45°28.68′N, 12°18.06′E
Marina di Campalto lies on the W side of the lagoon of Venice just four kilometers S of the airport of Marco Polo in Mestre. The basin has 200 berths for smaller yachts up to 18 metres in depths of 2.6 metres. Click on link for full details.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

See above.

Anchorages

Port regulations prohibit anchoring anywhere in the lagoon of Venice, owing to the large number of electrical and other cables criss-crossing the lagoon bed.

Yacht Repairs and Services

Marine Stores

Submit addresses and contact details of marine related businesses that are of interest to cruisers.

Repairs/Yards

See individual entries for details.

Fuel, Water, & Electricity

See individual entries for details.

Things to do Ashore

Tourism

See Venice.

Grocery & Supply Stores

Provisions shops in Marghera and Mestre, but some distance from the basins. Folding bicycles are definitely an asset here.

Eateries

Numerous bars and restaurants in Marghera and Mestre.

Internet/WiFi

See individual entries for details.

Laundry

Motorbike & Car Rentals

Rental outlets in centre of Mestre and at airport.

Garbage Disposal

Bins at most of the basins.

Transportation

  • Marco Polo airport just N of Mestre has flights to most international destinations
  • Budget flights also from Treviso airport (30 km)
  • Airport buses and hydrofoil into Venice
  • Trains to Rome, Milan, Florence and Padua and several European capitals
  • Ferries to several destinations in Greek islands and Croatia
  • Vaporetti (water buses) serving Venice and outlying islands
  • Venice People Mover public transit system connecting Tronchetto and Piazzale Roma

Friends

Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.

Forums

List links to discussion threads on partnering forums. (see link for requirements)

Links

References & Publications

See Italy.

Comments

We welcome users' contributions to the Wiki. Please click on Comments to view other users' comments, add your own personal experiences or recommend any changes to this page following your visit.

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  • Data compiled from web research (please update if possible)--Athene of Lymington 10:33, 25 January 2011 (UTC)



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